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Marco Rubio Goes After Celebrity Chef

Senator denounces Salt Bae for celebrating his lavish dinner for Venezuelan dictator

(Newser) - If people hadn't heard of the celebrity chef Salt Bae before now—he is Internet famous for his distinctive way of salting meat—a series of slams from Marco Rubio is helping change that. The Florida senator went after the Turkish chef, real name Nusret Gokce, because Salt Bae... More »

6 Arrested After Drones Target Venezuelan President

Nicolas Maduro has blamed a far right plot to assassinate him

(Newser) - Six suspects have been arrested following what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called an attempt on his life during a speech Saturday . Per Reuters , one of the six had an arrest warrant connected to a 2017 attack on a military base, while another was once arrested for protesting the government in... More »

Maduro: 'They Tried to Assassinate Me' With a Drone

Venezuelan leader blames drone strike on far-right plot

(Newser) - "This was an assassination attempt, they tried to assassinate me," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in blaming a drone attack Saturday on a far-right plot. As Reuters reports, an explosives-laden drone detonated at a military event in Caracas as Maduro was speaking, leaving the leftist leader unharmed but... More »

Trump Wanted to Invade Venezuela: Official

AP reports top advisers had to talk president out of military action after he brought it up repeatedly

(Newser) - As an August meeting in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can't the US just invade? The suggestion stunned those at the meeting, including... More »

Trump to Freed Utah Man: 'You've Gone Through a Lot'

Joshua Holt and family meet with president after Holt's release from Venezuelan prison

(Newser) - Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA's top spy in Latin America, has been set free by the anti-American Maduro government. He says he was "overwhelmed with gratitude,"... More »

US: We Won't Recognize Venezuela Election Winner

Maduro declares victory with 68% of vote

(Newser) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has been declared the winner of an election widely denounced as a "fraud foretold." According to figures released by the National Election Council, Maduro was elected to a second six-year term after winning around 68% of the vote, more than 40 points more... More »

Venezuela: Closure of Kellogg Factory 'Illegal'

And the government reacts by seizing said factory from US cereal-maker

(Newser) - The Kellogg Company decided it had had enough of Venezuela—but Venezuela apparently hasn't had enough of Kellogg. Pointing fingers at the "deterioration" of the country's economic situation, the US cereal-maker announced Tuesday it was closing shop there, leaving 400 workers fresh out of a job, reports... More »

Lose Your Kidney in Venezuela, 'Go Straight to the Cemetery'

Medicine shortage causing those with transplants to experience rejection

(Newser) - There's a literal casualty of Venezuela's ongoing economic woes: those with kidney problems. Reuters dives into the dire situation that both kidney transplant recipients and those hoping to join their ranks face in the midst of the country's inability to buy enough drugs from abroad or make... More »

Venezuela Says It Has Found 'Kryptonite' Against US

Country introduces own version of bitcoin

(Newser) - Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world's technological forefront. In its first hours on the market, the so-called petro racked in $735 million worth in purchases, Maduro said,... More »

Venezuela Captures Rebels Led by Rogue Helicopter Pilot

Oscar Perez may have died in shootout

(Newser) - Venezuelan special forces on Monday captured five members of a band led by a rebellious police officer who has been on the run since stealing a helicopter and launching grenades at government buildings in the capital last year, officials say. It wasn't clear if the renegade officer, Oscar Perez,... More »

3 Parties Took Stand Against 'Dictator,' So He Banned Them

Nicolas Maduro bars key opposition parties from future elections in Venezuela

(Newser) - Venezuela's ruling socialists swept nearly all the races for mayors across the country Sunday, and President Nicolas Maduro says key opposition parties are now banned from future elections. At a rally late Sunday in the center of Caracas, Maduro announced that pro-government candidates grabbed more than 300 of the... More »

Rubio May Have Been Target of Assassination Plot: Memo

Venezuelan pol he's been feuding with reportedly was trying to have Rubio killed

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has been an especially vocal critic of Nicolas Maduro, and the Florida senator's public lambasting of the Venezuelan president, as well as other Rubio remarks, apparently ticked off one powerful politician in that country enough that he wanted Rubio killed for it. The Miami Herald reports on... More »

Maduro's Son Says Father Will 'Take' White House With Guns

Venezuela responds to Trump threat of military action

(Newser) - If the United States takes military action against the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Maduro's son says his country will "take" the White House with guns, Politico reports. Nicolas Maduro Guerra issued the warning yesterday in response to comments made by Donald Trump Friday that he would... More »

Venezuelan Troops Quash Attack on Military Base

10 intruders escape after battle

(Newser) - Soldiers battled for three hours Sunday morning against a small band of anti-government fighters who sneaked onto a Venezuelan army base , apparently intent on fomenting an uprising, according to President Nicolas Maduro. Troops killed two of the intruders, wounded another, and captured seven, but 10 others got away, the embattled... More »

Venezuela Reports 'Terrorist' Attack

As assembly ousts nation's chief prosecutor, opposition leader is returned to home

(Newser) - Venezuelan ruling party chief Diosdado Cabello says Sunday that there was a "terrorist" attack at a military base controlled by troops loyal to the government and several people were arrested. Cabello reported via Twitter that troops acted quickly to control the situation in the early morning at the Paramacay... More »

Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Seized From Homes

Relatives say they were taken away by state agents

(Newser) - Allies of two Venezuelan opposition leaders say Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma have been taken by authorities from the homes where they were under house arrest. Video posted by Lopez's wife early Tuesday shows a man being taken away from a Caracas home by state security agents, the AP... More »

US Hits Venezuelan 'Dictator' President With Sanctions

Move comes after weekend election that will give ruling party virtually unlimited power

(Newser) - The Trump administration has hit Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with financial sanctions. The move comes after Venezuela held a weekend election that will give Maduro's ruling party virtually unlimited power in the South American country, reports the AP . The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the... More »

US Orders Diplomats' Families to Leave Caracas

Violence expected ahead of key vote

(Newser) - The United States is ordering relatives of American diplomats to leave the Venezuelan capital ahead of a polarizing vote planned for Sunday to start rewriting the country's constitution. The State Department says it's also allowing US government workers to depart the embassy in Caracas and limiting the movement... More »

US Met With Middle-Finger Salute Over Venezuela Vote

Feds pressure Maduro to call off vote that would rewrite constitution

(Newser) - Venezuela is a mess , and a vote scheduled for Sunday is poised to make things worse. President Nicolas Maduro aims to create a new lawmaking body called the Constituent Assembly that would essentially replace the current National Assembly (controlled by opponents) and rewrite Venezuela's constitution. Maduro says the vote... More »

Militias Storm Venezuela Congress, Beat Lawmakers

At least 4 opposition politicians were injured

(Newser) - Pro-government militias wielding wooden sticks and metal bars stormed the congress building in Caracas on Wednesday, attacking opposition lawmakers during a special session coinciding with Venezuela's independence day. At least four lawmakers were injured and blood was spattered on the National Assembly's white walls, the AP reports. One... More »

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